El Paso - John Denver


El Paso

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso I fell in love with a Mexican girl Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina The music would play and Felina would whirl
Black as the night were the eyes of Felina Wicked and evil while casting their spell My love was deep for this Mexican maiden I was in love but in vain I could tell
One night a wild young cowboy came in As wild as the West Texas wind Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved
So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden Down went his hand to the gun that he wore My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
Just for a moment I stood there in silence Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there I had but one chance, and that was to run
Out through the back door of Rosa’s I ran Out where the horses were tied I found a good one, it looked like it could run Upon his back and away I did ride just as fast as I could
From the West Texas town of El Paso Out to the badlands of New Mexico
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless Everything’s gone in life, nothing is left But it’s been so long since I’ve seen my young maiden My love is stronger than my fear of death
I saddled up and away I did go Riding alone in the dark Maybe tomorrow a bullet will find me Tonight nothing’s worse than this pain in my heart
And at last here I am on a hill overlooking El Paso I can see Rosa’s cantina below My love is strong and it pushes me onward Down off the hill to Felina I go
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys Off to my left ride a dozen or more Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me I have to make it to Rosa’s back door
Something is dreadfully wrong, for I feel A deep burning pain in my side Though I am trying to stay in this saddle I’m growing weary, unable to ride
But my love for Felina is strong though I rise where I’ve fallen Though I am weary, I can’t stop to rest I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle I feel the bullet go deep in my chest
From out of nowhere Felina has found me Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side Cradled by two loving arms that I’ll die for One little kiss, and Felina goodbye

(written by Marty Robbins)